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Does the English Department Have a Jewish Problem? The Modern Language Association is famous for the provocative titles of sessions at its annual meeting. But the provocative title of one session Sunday night — so surprising to several MLA members that they expressed disbelief when told about it — contained no sexual wordplay or trendy literary buzzwords.

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